The Most Famous

ATHLETES from Switzerland

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This page contains a list of the greatest Swiss Athletes. The pantheon dataset contains 3,055 Athletes, 21 of which were born in Switzerland. This makes Switzerland the birth place of the 35th most number of Athletes behind India and Belgium.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Swiss Athletes of all time. This list of famous Swiss Athletes is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Swiss Athletes.

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1. Gabriela Andersen-Schiess (1945 - )

With an HPI of 63.84, Gabriela Andersen-Schiess is the most famous Swiss Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages on wikipedia.

Gabriela "Gaby" Andersen-Schiess (born May 20, 1945 in Zürich) is a former Swiss long-distance runner who participated in the first women's Olympic marathon at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Though living in Sun Valley, Idaho, and working as a ski instructor at the time, Andersen-Schiess represented Switzerland in the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

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2. Robert Alt (1927 - 2017)

With an HPI of 59.50, Robert Alt is the 2nd most famous Swiss Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Robert Alt (2 January 1927 – 4 December 2017) was a Swiss bobsledder who competed in the mid-1950s. He won a gold medal in the four-man event at the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Alt also won a gold medal in the four-man event at the 1955 FIBT World Championships in St. Moritz.

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3. Konrad Stäheli (1931 - 1931)

With an HPI of 58.43, Konrad Stäheli is the 3rd most famous Swiss Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Konrad Stäheli (December 17, 1866 – November 5, 1931) was a Swiss sports shooter who competed in the late 19th century and early 20th century and participated in the 1900 Summer Olympics and the 1906 Intercalated Games.

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4. Hermann Barrelet (1879 - 1964)

With an HPI of 57.78, Hermann Barrelet is the 4th most famous Swiss Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Hermann Joseph Barrelet (25 September 1879 – 24 April 1964) was a Swiss-born French rower. He won gold medals in single sculls at the 1900 Summer Olympics and 1901 European Championships. Barrelet continued to compete in single sculls into his thirties, but had better achievements in team events, winning European titles in the men's eight (1909) and double sculls (1913, with Anatol Peresselenzeff).

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5. Werner Günthör (1961 - )

With an HPI of 57.24, Werner Günthör is the 5th most famous Swiss Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Werner Günthör (born 1 June 1961 in Uttwil) is a former Swiss track and field athlete, who was the best shot putter in the history of Swiss track and field.

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6. Gaston Strobino (1891 - 1969)

With an HPI of 57.02, Gaston Strobino is the 6th most famous Swiss Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Gaston Maurice Strobino (August 23, 1891 – March 30, 1969) was an American athlete and runner. He won the bronze medal in the marathon event at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.

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7. Karl Röderer (1868 - 1928)

With an HPI of 56.84, Karl Röderer is the 7th most famous Swiss Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Karl Conrad Röderer (12 July 1868 - 28 August 1928) was a Swiss sports shooter who competed in the late 19th century and early 20th century in pistol shooting. He participated in Shooting at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris and won two gold medals in Military Pistol and Military Pistol team for Switzerland.

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8. Emil Kellenberger (1864 - 1943)

With an HPI of 55.52, Emil Kellenberger is the 8th most famous Swiss Athlete.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Emil Kellenberger (3 April 1864 – 20 November 1943) was a Swiss sports shooter who competed in the early 20th century in rifle shooting. He participated in Shooting at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris and won three olympic medals, two gold medals in the Military Rifle 3 positions and team categories and a silver medal in the Military Rifle (kneeling). However his silver medal was tied with the Danish shooter Anders Peter Nielsen.

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9. Selina Gasparin (1984 - )

With an HPI of 51.96, Selina Gasparin is the 9th most famous Swiss Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Selina Gasparin (born 3 April 1984) is a Swiss biathlete.

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10. Brigitte McMahon (1967 - )

With an HPI of 49.66, Brigitte McMahon is the 10th most famous Swiss Athlete.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Brigitte McMahon-Huber (born March 25, 1967 in Baar) is an athlete from Switzerland, who competed in triathlon. McMahon competed at the first Olympic triathlon at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She won the gold medal with a total time of 2:00:40.52, which until 2008 was the fastest time for a female in an Olympic triathlon. Her split times were 19:44.58 for the swim, 1:05:42.30 for the cycling and 0:35:13.64 for the run. McMahon-Huber competed at the second Olympic triathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics, finishing tenth with a total time of 2:07:07.73. McMahon tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) during an out of competition control in June 2005. She maintains that she did not take any doping until well after the 2004 Athens Olympics where she came 10th and that she did it for therapeutic reasons only. After the positive test she was immediately removed from the Swiss national team and was facing a two-year ban from triathlon. As a consequence she retired from the sport.

Pantheon has 21 people classified as athletes born between 1864 and 1992. Of these 21, 15 (71.43%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living athletes include Gabriela Andersen-Schiess, Werner Günthör, and Selina Gasparin. The most famous deceased athletes include Robert Alt, Konrad Stäheli, and Hermann Barrelet. As of October 2020, 10 new athletes have been added to Pantheon including Gabriela Andersen-Schiess, Konrad Stäheli, and Hermann Barrelet.

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